New Freedoms Proposed Project Review March 2009

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Presentation for March 5, 2009 Public Meeting to review proposed projects for New Freedoms funding.

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New Freedoms Proposed Project Review March 2009

  1. 1. New Freedom (5317) Draft Project List FY2007 Allocation Spring 2009 Solicitation March 5, 2009
  2. 2. New Freedom <ul><li>New Freedom (5317) New transportation services, beyond the ADA, for people with disabilities in Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Northern Warren Counties. FY2007 = $181,911 was available. A first round of solicitations for this allocation was conducted in Fall 2008. Not all funds were awarded at that time. The remaining $73,846 is available to be awarded through this re-solicitation. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Population Trends, 2000 - 2030 <ul><li>Persons with disabilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small increase in Montgomery: + 6 % </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bigger gain in Greene County: + 28 % </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bigger still increase in Miami: + 61 % </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge gain in Northern Warren County: + 138 % </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(parallels the gain in general population) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Percent Change in Total Population New Freedom Project Area
  5. 5. % Change in Population with Disabilities in Target Area
  6. 6. New Freedom Program Requirements <ul><li>Must be based on priorities identified in locally-developed Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Must be competitively selected </li></ul><ul><li>Require a 20% match for capital projects and a 50% match for operational projects </li></ul><ul><li>Transit agencies, non-profit organizations, governmental authorities, private providers of public transportation can apply </li></ul>
  7. 7. Purpose of Solicitation <ul><li>Ensure compliance with Federal funding regulations for New Freedom Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Identify viable projects that address transportation needs identified in the Coordinated Plan for Greene, Miami, Montgomery and northern Warren Counties </li></ul><ul><li>Improve transportation options in the study area for persons with disabilities </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Schedule for Applying for FY2007 </li></ul><ul><li>New Freedom Funds </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Solicitation </li></ul><ul><li>01/13/2009 Sent out solicitation notice and application </li></ul><ul><li>02/03/2009 Held “How to Complete Application” meeting </li></ul><ul><li>03/04/2009 2007 project applications due </li></ul><ul><li>03/27/2009 Staff ranking of applications completed </li></ul><ul><li>04/07/2009 Public Meeting on Recommended Projects </li></ul><ul><li>04/10/2009 Public Comment Period Ends </li></ul><ul><li>04/16/2009 Projects submitted to TAC for endorsement </li></ul><ul><li>05/07/2009 Projects submitted to Board for approval </li></ul><ul><li>06/10/2009 Application to FTA completed for FY2007 funds </li></ul>
  9. 9. Competitive Selection Process <ul><li>Applications Were Due Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 4:00 PM </li></ul><ul><li>Project must meet an identified need from the Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan http://docs.mvrpc.org/hstc/hstc_plan_reg.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>To be scored by MVRPC staff and approved by the Board of Directors of MVRPC </li></ul>
  10. 10. Applications <ul><li>Four (4) applications were received </li></ul><ul><li>Projects are being evaluated for eligibility and ranked </li></ul><ul><li>MVRPC staff will meet with all applicants to better understand the projects and provide guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Project duration or scope may change as a result of those meetings </li></ul>
  11. 11. Draft New Freedom Project List <ul><li>Volunteer transportation program (3 years) Requested: $32,910 (Greene CATS) </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination website and searchable Provider Directory (3 years) Requested: $8,576 (Greene CATS) </li></ul><ul><li>Greene County Travel Training Program for people with disabilities. (1 year) Requested: $7,233 (Greene CATS) </li></ul><ul><li>Special Transportation for Integrated Youth Services. (1 year) Requested: $25,127 (Greene CATS) </li></ul><ul><li>*minor modifications to specific projects may occur prior to submittal to FTA </li></ul>
  12. 12. Final Approval <ul><li>Project review is not complete – details of projects may be modified, some projects may be ruled ineligible for funding </li></ul><ul><li>All project recommendations are contingent on availability of matching funds, which cannot be Federal Department of Transportation funds </li></ul><ul><li>The Final Program of Projects must be endorsed by the Board of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and approved by the Federal Transit Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: Bob Steinbach MVRPC [email_address] 937.531.6531 </li></ul>

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